Lynn Darden and John Durbin’s Artistic Affair Had a Euro Flair

Lynn Darden

John Durbin

October 10, 2020

After four years of long-distance dating, John Durbin decided no distance was too great to traverse to ask Lynn Darden for her hand in marriage. While on a family trip to Europe, Lynn answered a knock on her hotel door to find her college sweetheart on bended knee. The balance of the trip—which included a visit to the Prado Museum in Madrid, where they viewed the works of the Dutch masters—would prove inspirational for the non-traditional event Lynn and her mom dreamed up. When COVID struck, Lynn made the swift decision to downsize, remaining steadfast as mandates fluctuated to avoid unnecessary stress. “Selfishly I always wanted a small wedding,” says the bride, who on October 10, 2020, said “I do” to her groom in front of 100 of their nearest and dearest. Despite the unpredictability of 2020, on that day, the new Mrs. Durbin felt nothing but tranquility: “After so many ups and downs throughout the year, the ceremony just felt calm and peaceful.”

Number of Guests: 100

First dance song: A "You're All I Need to Get By" by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell

Cake: Lemon Lavender

Honeymoon: Jackson Hole, Wyoming


  • Ceremony/Reception Site

    Ridgewood Country Club, Waco

  • Photographer

    Lance Nicoll Photography

  • Bridal Gown Designer

    Danielle Frankel

  • Bridal Gown Retailer

    The Bridal Salon at Neiman Marcus

  • Hair & Makeup

    Maitee Miles

  • Groom’s Attire

    Joey Satel, San Antonio

  • Groomsmen’s Attire

    Georgio’s Waco

  • Flowers

    GRO Designs

  • Stationery

    Katherine Jezek Design; Laura Lines Calligraphy

  • Cake

    Sweetness Desserts

  • Catering

    Ridgewood Country Club

  • Music

    Dart Collective

  • Lighting

    Jacob & Co.

  • Wedding Rentals

    AFR Furniture Rental; Bella Acento; Bruner Events; Perch Event Décor; POSH Couture Rentals; Shag Carpet; Whim Hospitality

  • Wedding Planner

    Julian Leaver Events

  • Wedding Designer

    GRO Designs

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